Irish born singer-songwriter Megan O’Neill has just finished working on her fourth studio record, set for public release in 2020. This much-anticipated album follows her last, ‘Ghost of You’ in 2018.
Having previously been dubbed the ‘Irish Carrie Underwood,’ Megan is one of the most exciting Alt-Country / Americana artists on the current scene, who has shared stages with Miranda Lambert, Kip Moore, and American Young, among many others.
A long-time musician and song-writer, to date, she has toured the UK, Ireland, US and Germany. Performed on a personal invitation from JJ Abrams, at private A-list Oscar’s parties in LA, alongside Gavin James, had her song ‘Don’t You’ featured on ABC’s hit TV Show ‘Nashville’ (Season 3), and has since been twice chosen as one of Timeout Magazine’s ‘Rising Stars in Country Music’.
Originally from County Kildare, Megan has previously lived in Nashville but now resides full time in London. She credits her mother as being one of her biggest influences as a singer. She said in one of her earlier interviews that:
“Music has been in our family for generations. My mother played to me and sang to me when I was a child”.
Her mother also played her a lot of traditional Irish music like Mary Black, The Corrs, and American country music, like Trisha Yearwood, Dolly Parton…and all the old classics.
“I just grew up loving those songs — songs that told a story.”
A psychology graduate of University College Dublin, a previous UCD Choral Scholar and long-time musician, Megan is no stranger to the world of performing arts and has been working hard to hone her craft since becoming a professional musician, writer and performer.
In May 2015, Megan burst onto the scene with the release of her debut EP ‘Coming Home’, which was produced by Philip Magee.
Working professionally in the music industry for over 14 years as a recording engineer and music producer, Phillip has worked with numerous artists and musicians, including Delta Goodrem, Samantha Mumba, Kodaline and The Script, to name but a few.
And with Megan, there was no exception. The ‘Coming Home’ EP soared to the #1 spot in the Irish country charts and received critical acclaim across the UK.
In 2016, Decca Records released her single ‘Can’t Put A Price On That’, a collaboration with Ben Earle of The Shires; and in February 2017 she followed this with the independent release of her mini-album titled ‘Stories to Tell’ with her band The Common Threads. The project was recorded at Mark Knopfler’s British Grove Studios and produced by the legendary Guy Fletcher, who is best known for his position as one of the two keyboard players in the rock band Dire Straits, from 1984 until the group’s dissolution, and his subsequent work with Knopfler.
Also in February 2017, Megan was recognised as one of the top Americana songwriters in the UK, performing as part of the Americana Music Awards (AMA-UK) in London.
Since then, her music has gone from strength to strength. It has seen her perform across the UK and America, including multiple appearances at the C2C Festival at London’s O2 Arena, Nashville Meets London Festival, the prestigious Bluebird Café in Nashville, and at the Harvest Festival in Ireland, alongside acts like Dan + Shay, Courtney Marie Andrews and Catherine McGrath.
An integral artist in the currently booming UK Country Music Scene, Megan’s 2018 album ‘Ghost of You’ began turning heads when the first single, ‘Why I Need You’, hit over 100,000 views online in less than a month. The second and third singles that followed, ‘Without’ and the title track was incredibly popular amongst fans, bloggers and radio alike, with playlist spots on the UK’s most popular country-music stations. The full album was released on June 8, hitting #1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter Charts on release week.
2019 saw Megan taking the main stage at the first British Country Music Festival in Blackpool, opening three stadium shows for the legendary Sir Tom Jones (Bristol, Taunton and Colchester) – performing in front of 15,000 people per night.
She has been in popular demand on UK radio, with Live radio appearances and performances included BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio London with Gaby Roslin, 2fm, BBC Essex, Today FM with Ian Dempsey, BBC Radio Wales, Marie Crichton’s Country Show on BBC, Nevis Radio, Amazing Radio, Chris Country and many, many more.
Megan also released 2 singles this year. “Girl Crush” on February 8 and “Rootless” on October 25. The latter was produced by collaborators The Dunwells. Plus she has just finished her Winter Tour of her emerald green isle.
She told one blogger:
“The last 12 months have been a bit bonkers in a really positive way,”
“A big part of me actually thought that I was going to move back home and my whole career was going to go quiet, but it’s actually been the opposite. It’s been mad busy.”
2020 starts off with Megan set to release her fourth studio album, touring across Germany and performing as the lead female in a very exciting new project with Universal Music – which is yet to be announced.
But ensures us that she is …
“Trying to take it one week at a time and not lose my mind. But it’s all shaping up to be really great.”
The BCA would like to thank Megan for her time and wish her every success in the future.
For more info on Megan, her music and upcoming shows, head over to her website (http://megan-oneill.com) and follow her on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MeganONeillMusic Twitter https://twitter.com/meganoneill and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/meganoneillmusic/.
To find out where you can hear Megan being showcased all this week, check out http://britishcountryairplay.co.uk/artiste-of-the-week